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Barnsley 2-2 Blackburn Rovers

Chris O'Grady of Barnsley

Chris O'Grady scored a second-half penalty to earn struggling Barnsley a draw with play-off hopefuls Blackburn.

The hosts took the lead through debutant Nick Proschwitz, but goals from Tom Cairney and Rudy Gestede meant they trailed at the break.

O'Grady levelled matters from the spot after Liam Lawrence was brought down in the box by Grant Hanley.

And Rovers suffered a further setback when midfielder Lee Williamson was carried off on a stretcher.

Blackburn started the brighter and Tykes goalkeeper Luke Steele had to be alert to keep out Cairney, Gestede and Jordan Rhodes before Proschwitz opened the scoring at the other end.

The Hull loanee fired past Rovers goalkeeper Paul Robinson having earlier been denied by the former England international.

Cairney's superb 25-yard effort brought the visitors back level before Gestede put them in front on the stroke of half-time after good work from David Dunn.

But Barnsley manager Danny Wilson introduced midfielders Lawrence and Tomasz Cywka in the 62nd minute, and it was the former who won the penalty for the equaliser as Hanley bundled him over.

O'Grady sent Robinson the wrong way from the spot to salvage a draw for the hosts, with Williamson leaving the field soon after following lengthy treatment.

Barnsley manager Danny Wilson:

Danny Wilson

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Post-match: Barnsley manager Danny Wilson

"I am happy with a point because to go behind against a quality side like Blackburn and fight back like we did.

"In the first half they gave us a lesson. They passed us to death at times and we didn't get to grips with it at all.

"They picked up the ball in midfield and played through us. Getting them in at half-time was a bonus from my point of view at only being a goal down. We got away with it. We have to be honest."

Blackburn boss Gary Bowyer:

Gary Bowyer

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Post-match: Blackburn manager Bowyer

"The [penalty] decision is not acceptable. It cannot be. Jordan Rhodes gets flattened in the penalty box. I spoke to the referee but it didn't make me feel any better.

"You should be talking about how well we played, especially in the first half. We were outstanding.

"Their goal came against the run of play but we didn't panic. We just kept playing the way we play and scored two very good goals."

Line-ups

Barnsley

  • 1Steele
  • 5NyatangaSubstituted forCywkaat 55'minutes
  • 4Kennedy
  • 8DawsonBooked at 28minsSubstituted forDigbyat 45'minutes
  • 3Ramage
  • 6Cranie
  • 33Shea
  • 7O'Brien
  • 10O'Grady
  • 9Proschwitz
  • 16JenningsSubstituted forLawrenceat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 14Lawrence
  • 17Digby
  • 19Cywka
  • 22Mvoto
  • 24Noble-Lazarus
  • 30Dibble
  • 42McCourt

Blackburn

  • 1Robinson
  • 27Henley
  • 3Spurr
  • 6LoweBooked at 58mins
  • 5Hanley
  • 4Kilgallon
  • 45Cairney
  • 8DunnSubstituted forTaylorat 64'minutes
  • 39Gestede
  • 11Rhodes
  • 17WilliamsonSubstituted forKingat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Kane
  • 7King
  • 13Eastwood
  • 14Olsson
  • 19Taylor
  • 24Morris
  • 31Mahoney
Referee:
Seb Stockbridge
Attendance:
9,703

Match Stats

Home TeamBarnsleyAway TeamBlackburn
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home14
Away20
Shots on Target
Home4
Away6
Corners
Home6
Away6
Fouls
Home11
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Barnsley 2, Blackburn Rovers 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Barnsley 2, Blackburn Rovers 2.

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Paul Robinson.

Attempt missed. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Thomas Spurr with a cross.

Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Chris O'Grady (Barnsley).

Attempt missed. Nick Proschwitz (Barnsley) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Chris O'Grady with a cross.

Attempt missed. Nick Proschwitz (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Brek Shea.

Foul by Jason Lowe (Blackburn Rovers).

Nick Proschwitz (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Joshua King (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Thomas Spurr.

Attempt missed. Joshua King (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Hand ball by Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers).

Attempt missed. Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Joshua King.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Thomas Kennedy.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Jim O'Brien.

Attempt missed. Nick Proschwitz (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Chris O'Grady with a headed pass.

Foul by Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers).

Thomas Kennedy (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Joshua King (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Brek Shea (Barnsley).

Chris Taylor (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Thomas Kennedy (Barnsley).

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Thomas Spurr.

Attempt blocked. Brek Shea (Barnsley) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris O'Grady with a headed pass.

Attempt missed. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) header from very close range is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Matthew Kilgallon with a headed pass.

Offside, Barnsley. Luke Steele tries a through ball, but Nick Proschwitz is caught offside.

Foul by Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers).

Liam Lawrence (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Martin Cranie (Barnsley) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Liam Lawrence with a cross following a corner.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Joshua King replaces Lee Williamson because of an injury.

Delay in match Lee Williamson (Blackburn Rovers) because of an injury.

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Matthew Kilgallon.

Goal!

Goal! Barnsley 2, Blackburn Rovers 2. Chris O'Grady (Barnsley) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Penalty conceded by Thomas Spurr (Blackburn Rovers) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Barnsley. Liam Lawrence draws a foul in the penalty area.

Attempt missed. Chris O'Grady (Barnsley) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Brek Shea.

Lee Williamson (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

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1Leicester2820352363
2QPR2716741655
3Burnley27141031952
4Derby2815671751
5Nottm Forest26111141344
6Reading2812881144
7Ipswich2810108840
8Brighton2710107740
9Blackburn281099039
10Middlesbrough289109637
11Wigan261079237
12Leeds2710611036
13Huddersfield279711334
14Bournemouth279711-1234
15Blackpool288911-1233
16Watford257108531
17Birmingham277812-329
18Bolton2761011-1228
19Doncaster287714-1828
20Sheff Wed265129-127
21Millwall276813-2326
22Charlton265912-1224
23Barnsley264913-1921
24Yeovil265516-1820
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